Record turnout in Hong Kong district council elections

Record turnout in Hong Kong district council elections


Hong Kong, Nov 25: Voting for the 2019 District Council Ordinary Election of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) has concluded with a record voter turnout rate of 71.2 per cent, the chairman of the HKSAR Electoral Affairs Commission (EAC) said on Sunday.

A total of 615 ordinary polling stations and 23 dedicated polling stations were open since 7.30 am local time for the about 4.13 million registered voters to cast their ballots. The polling hour for the majority of the polling stations ended at 10.30pm local time, Xinhua reported.

More than 2.94 million registered voters have cast their ballots during the polling hour, Chairman of the EAC Justice Barnabas Fung Wah said at a press briefing held at one of the counting stations. The 452 elected district council members, together with the 27 ex-officio members acted by the rural committee chairmen in the New Territories, will compose the sixth-term district councils, the term of which will start on Jan 1, 2020 and last till Dec 31, 2023.

The district councillors, who oversee everyday neighbourhood affairs, carry more significance than in most years. The results will be seen as a barometer of support for the anti-government protest movement now roiling the city, and could exert more pressure on embattled leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor to find new ways to resolve the impasse. (UNI)